Since assuming office, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has faced significant resistance from the more left-wing members of her own party. However, it appears that she has just found a new ally.
Current Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden chose to hitch his wagon to Pelosi’s, pledging that keeping Pelosi in the position of House Speaker is one of his campaign’s central tenets.
“We want a nominee who will beat Donald Trump but also keep Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House,” former Vice President Joe Biden told supporters on Tuesday night.
Tuesday was a momentous day for Biden, as his formerly lagging campaign found rocketed to victory in 10 states. Much of the former vice president’s success can be attributed to strong support within the African American community.
Biden had earlier pledged his support for Pelosi on Twitter, stating that if voters want to retain her as Speaker, then “This is your campaign.”
With Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) suspending her campaign on Thursday, the Democratic presidential race has become a two-man contest between Biden and self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Many of the latter’s supporters weren’t pleased by Biden’s statement.
Sanders supporters resent Pelosi
“Is Joe Biden really gonna run behind Nancy Pelosi?” a Twitter user called Sanders2020 asked. “One of the most disliked politicians in the entire country.”
Another complained, “People at this Biden event are lustily cheering for ‘Keep Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House!’ as this ghoul then pivots to talking about decency, preserving America’s soul, and healing the country. Just pathetic.”
Much of Pelosi’s difficulty as House Speaker can be traced to conflicts she’s had with “the Squad,” a group of 4 progressive congresswomen who have garnered a national following. However, Buzzfeed News reported that she attempted to downplay the division during a caucus meeting in July of 2019.
“In every family you have your moments, right?” the online news outlet quoted Pelosi as saying to assembled members of the caucus. “Do you not have your moments in your family? Do you all agree all the time on everything? Do you?”
“We’re a family and we have our moments and we’re like a kaleidoscope,” she allegedly went on. “But we’re all a resource to each other and we must never undermine the strength of anyone in our caucus.”
The sharp divergence between the Biden camp and the Sanders camp illustrates the growing ideological divide within the party, and Biden’s decision to openly stump for Pelosi only solidifies the trend.